Veteran set-up man Mike Adams is a little worried about the biceps tendonitis that has him on the disabled list for the second time this season.
Adams said he was headed out west with the team so he could visit with renowned orthopedist, Dr. Neal ElAttrache, in Los Angeles for a second opinion on his right arm. Based on the results of an MRI, Adams said he has some concern about his health.
“It’s been pretty significant for probably the past two or three weeks. It’s just one of those things you try and get through, that you hope it’s nothing serious and hope it goes away,” Adams said. “After the game Wednesday night, I felt fine. I felt fine in the game. I felt fine afterward.
"I did my workouts, iced and then I went home and that’s when it really set in. I tried to lift my little boy up, and I wasn’t able to do that. Just lifting my arm up it was pretty uncomfortable. I kind of made my decision then to get it looked at and take a step back and see what was really going on and that’s where we’re at now.”
Adams signed a two-year, $12 million deal with the Phillies last winter, which is a relative bargain for one of the finest set-up men in the game. However, Adams is coming off surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome, an injury which is caused by a rib pushing down on a nerve and causing numbness.
But Adams doesn’t believe his injury has anything to do with thoracic outlet syndrome,and said that the Phillies' struggling bullpen didn't play any part in his decision.
“I would have done the same way no matter what. If I was going good, if all was going good, I don’t think anything would have changed,” he said. “The biggest factor that kind of came around was not being able to lift my arm up the other day after the game. That kind of set a red flag for me. It was the right decision obviously. We’ll kind of take it step by step from here on out and see where it goes.”
Stutes placed on disabled list
While Adams is seeking a second opinion on his biceps tendonitis, reliever Michael Stutes hopes a little rest will help him recover from his bout with it.
After Sunday’s 8-0 loss to the Mets at Citizens Bank Park (see story), the Phillies announced that reliever Michael Stutes had been placed on the 15-day disabled list with right biceps tendonitis. To take Stutes' place on the roster, the Phillies recalled right-handed reliever Phillippe Aumont.
Stutes had been solid for Triple-A Lehigh Valley and the Phillies this season, but was roughed up for four runs on one hit and two walks without recording an out in Saturday’s game against the Mets.
Asked if his injury was related to his poor showing on Saturday, Stutes said he had been fighting through the biceps issue for a little while.
“It’s been sore for a few days, but just something I’ve tried to pitch through,” said Stutes, who missed almost all of the 2012 season with a shoulder injury. “We decided it’s better to not let it become something more major.”
In 14 games for the Phillies this season, Stutes is 2-1 with a 5.17 ERA. He was 1-2 with two saves and a 3.33 ERA in 20 games for Lehigh Valley.